Vasili Mitrokhin is a former KGB archivist who defected to the UK.
- Penguin commissioned two books, co-authored with a Cambridge academic called Christopher Andrew, which purported to be the contents of the Mitrokhin archive. It was the contents of the Mitrokhin archive as redacted and edited by MI6, and these publications were being used by MI6 to tell the world that the Russians were no longer an intelligence superpower, that MI6 had run away with the crown jewels and that it was game over for the Russians as serious players in intelligence. The archive was also, perhaps, a chance to settle scores and influence events elsewhere. The revelations made a big splash in Italy, for example.
- Dan Hind, Jamie Stern-Weiner, How Power Shapes Publicity - The Political Economy of Publishing (Part 1), New Left Project, 21 April 2011.